CDC Health Communication Science Fellowship - Division of Cancer Prevention and Control

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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How to Apply

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A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcripts – Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • One educational or professional recommendation. Your application will be considered incomplete, and will not be reviewed until one recommendation is submitted.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

Application Deadline
3/30/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

CDC Office and Location: A research opportunity is currently available within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the major operation components of the Department of Health and Human Services. CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

Research Project: Throughout the course of this research project, the participant will receive training in the CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Office of Policy, Partnerships, and Communication, focusing on activities related to the division's three health communication campaigns: Bring Your Brave, Inside Knowledge, and Screen for Life. These activities include:

  • Contributing to needs assessments and literature reviews for target audiences
  • Participating in the identification of gaps in existing materials and channels that reach intended campaign audiences
  • Designing and developing qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation protocols and data collection instruments
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Developing and/or editing messages and materials to address needs of specific populations based on these findings
  • Developing presentations and write manuscripts to present findings to internal and external stakeholders
  • Learning about cancer prevention and control issues through attending advisory committee meetings, relevant conferences, presentations, and staff meetings
  • Participating in communication activities to educate and inform audiences about cancer prevention and control within the scope of the division's mission

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, learning objectives will include:

  • Learn about cancer prevention and control issues through attending advisory committee meetings, relevant conferences, presentations, and staff meetings
  • Develop and conduct audience research to better understand the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of campaign audiences
  • Participate in communication activities to educate and inform audiences about cancer prevention and control within the scope of the division's mission

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Amy Burnett Heldman ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: July 1, 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of CDC and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. A health insurance allowance will be provided as well as a travel/training allowance (one trip for a conference or presentation per year). A relocation allowance will not be provided. 

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and CDC. Participants do not become employees of CDC, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination). 

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should have received a master's degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree with completion before May 31, 2023. Degree must have been received within the past five years.

Experience in health communication campaign research, health communication science, behavioral science, and/or health equity communication research is preferred.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Master's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 5/31/2023 11:59:00 PM.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Communications and Graphics Design (1 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (1 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (2 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )